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Home Town: Upstate, New York, USA
Living In: Eastern, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Painting/Drawing
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Mountain vacation
About this Cook
I just turned 40 and still love to try new recipes. I am married with two children (been married 21 years). I love to do different kinds of crafts, baking and I love Christmas!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are baked chicken, mashed potatoes and steamed carrots for a comforting, quite Sunday dinner. I also love to bake cookies, cakes and breads. My favorite bread is focaccia- I just love all the rosemary, thyme and olive oil. YUM!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and dad would make homemade spaghetti sauce at least once a month together and they would also make homemade bread and rolls to serve with it. I still remember them spending the day together, enjoying themselves. So once in awhile, I make the same recipe to bring back the memories. I also make my grandmothers sour cream coffee cake on occasion to remind me of her. Funny how food brings you back in time.
My cooking triumphs
Learning how to cook my first turkey was interesting. My mom had passed away and I really wasn't sure how to do it--she and my grandma always took care of the part of dinner. But I got some pointers from my stepmother and mother-in-law and it turned out really great. Gave me alot of confidence to try other things.
My cooking tragedies
Let's just say that I am not good at making gravies! :(
Recipe Reviews 47 reviews
Pineapple Stuffing
I am not good at making stuffing but this was SO simple and SO easy, how could you mess it up? I did cut the sugar in half and used a 1/4 cup brown and 1/4 cup regular white sugar. I did sprinkle the top with pumpkin pie spice as another reviewer suggested. My family went CRAZY over this! It will definately be a well used recipe from now on. Thank you for sharing!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2012
Banana Muffins II
My first review, which I removed, only gave these 3 stars but after these cooled and sat overnight, they were spectacular. I really couldn't taste a strong banana flavor when they were hot out of the oven, but that changed once they sat. I just made another tin full tonight to use up the rest of my bananas. Thanks for a great recipe. Will use over and over again! :)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 4, 2011
Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar
This was very watery tasting so I added another box of chocolate fudge pudding mix (the smaller box size), more cocoa, more powdered drink mix, alot more powdered milk and creamer. Then it tasted like something. Still wish it was a bit richer. Will have to keep playing with it to get it where it needs to be.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 8, 2010

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